The week of August 23, 2015

The Back to School Issue
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The MOOC revolution that wasn’t

By Audrey Watters

The promise of online education for all withered into job training for some.

Features

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The gold rush to gamify education

By Aaron Sankin

Educational gaming is expected to clear $2.3 billion in revenue by 2017, but will students actually benefit?

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The real secret to learning a language online

By Nithin Coca

Hint: Apps aren’t enough.

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The heroic effort to bring the Internet to young women in Afghanistan

By Selena Larson

In a country where women’s education is threatened, this group is helping a generation of students connect online.

Opinion

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The ‘flipped classroom’ is professional suicide

By Jonathan Rees

Relying too much on the Internet as a teaching tool can turn professors into mere content providers.

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The slow invasion of privacy in U.S. public schools

By Ben Branstetter

Your child’s school records aren’t as safe as you think.

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The case for free lunches in schools

By Nico Lang

No child deserves to go hungry.

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In defense of Rate My Professors

By Matt Rozsa

Educators need to stop worrying and learn how to love Rate My Professor.